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Fall Colors by Kathys Drive – October 20 & 21

Fall Colors by Kathys Drive – October 20 & 21

Destination:  Dubuque IA / Galena, IL

Mark your calendars now for a fall colors drive to eastern Iowa featuring international waypoints, lunch enroute and Saturday evening dinner at Brazen Open Kitchen & Bar in Dubuque.  We’ll start from the Bass Pro Parking lot under the water tower in Altoona at 8:00 am IS NOW:   McDonald’s parking lot in Altoona directly across the street from Adventureland Inn (3215 Adventureland Drive) at 8:00 am and will publish the lunch location (McOtto’s Family Restaurant, Intersection of Hwy 151 & Hwy 64 at Anamosa; Exit #54) so those outside Des Moines can join us there.   Sunday morning will be a short journey from Dubuque to Galena for all the time you wish to explore/shop.

Route “home” will take us south along the Iowa side of the Great River Road but attendees are “free” to boogie home on their own schedule / route.

Fall Colors is prime touring time and hotels book early.  We have a block of 10 rooms at Hotel Julien reserved under BMW Car Club of Iowa.  You need to call to book a room. The block expires on September 5, 2018.  You are welcome to try and find other lodging but it can be difficult this time of year in Dubuque.

Hotel Julien Dubuque, 200 Main Street, Dubuque, IA 52001



Double Queen Executive – $200 a night –

King Executive – $225 a night –

Expires September 5

RSVP!  Please let us know you’re coming as we’ll need to confirm dinner count NLT October 15th.

Rick & Kathy Talbot        /////  Chris & Kathy Kjellmark

Brazen Open Kitchen & Bar

955 Washington St. Suite 101

Dubuque, IA 52001

IMSA / Continental Road Race Showcase – August 2-5, 2018

IMSA / Continental Road Race Showcase – August 2-5, 2018

The Continental Road Race Showcase takes over Road America’s 4-mile circuit for what will be the most incredible weekend of sports car racing in the world. Fans will get to see the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race on Saturday, with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event on Sunday plus races from the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA all weekend. Fan activities include an open grid, autographs, tech talks, fan forums, car corrals, and Tour de RA bike event. Estimated cost: Early Reg. $105 – $400

Road America, N7390 State Hwy 67, Plymouth, WI 53073

Longest Day Driving School – June 8 – 10, 2018

Longest Day Driving School – June 8 – 10, 2018

When – Friday, June 8 — Sunday, June 10, 2018

Where – Raceway Park of the Midlands, Pacific Junction, IA

Join for this year’s exciting Longest Day driving school. The Longest Day Driving School is one of our longest standing High Performance Driving Events with an excellent safety record and an experienced corps of experienced volunteer Instructors. You’ll learn a lot about car control, you’ll find yourself much more comfortable at speed than you thought possible – and you’ll have a lot of fun!

You’ll be paired up with an in-car instructor for the weekend, plus you’ll have a number of classroom sessions to learn more about the dynamics of high-performance driving and techniques. BMW CCA driving schools are among the best values and experiences for the money.

We will have an exciting opportunity for our LDDS participants this year. Des Moines Valley Region SCCA will be hosting a Time Trials event at RPM during our driving school weekend.

SCCA Time Trials (TT) are timed competitive events where the drivers vie for the fastest individual lap time in their class. Time Trials is not wheel-to-wheel racing. For those who like the thought of being compared to others to see who can turn the fastest lap and want to add the pressure of competition to their track experience without the distraction or investment of racing wheel-to-wheel – SCCA Time Trials might be what you’re looking for. Cars are divided into classes by power/weight ratio and equipment to level the playing field. Drivers must comply with passing rules in these events.

This event will be open to all makes and models (including convertibles – see the event rules via the link below for specifics about vehicles). Drivers participating in the driving school are welcome to participate in the Time Trials on a day when they are not driving in LDDS. If you’re interested in the DMVR Time Trials, you’ll need to register for LDDS as one-day student, and register separately with DMVR as a one-day driver in Time Trials. Please visit for information and registration.

We’re expecting a huge turnout for all the usual “Longest Day” fun and entertainment. This is your chance to attend one of the best driving schools available in the country. We strive for and have developed a very effective program to teach novice and experienced drivers the finer points of car control, all at a great facility. We have gathered the best enthusiast instructors from around the Midwest to help you have the time of your life!

So, whether you are an experienced driver or just want to significantly improve your basic on-road driving skills, whether you have a fully track-modified BMW M3, another brand of sports car, or a normal everyday economy car, we welcome all driving enthusiasts. The Longest Day Driving School is the place to be this July. Open to all licensed drivers 18 years of age or older of all skill levels, and we love novice students.

The host hotel is Country Inn and Suites of Council Bluffs, located at 17 Arena, Council Bluffs, IA 51501 Phone: 712-322-8282. We have a “BMW Club” block of rooms reserved at a price of $109/night, plus tax. The block is in effect until May 30, 2018, after which the hotel may change its rates.

Cost for the event is as follows:

  • Taste of the Track – $49
  • Three Day Advanced Student Registration – $399
  • Two Day (Sat-Sun) Student Registration – $339
  • First Timers (Sat-Sun) Student Registration – $289
  • One Day Student Registration – $229
  • Time Trials + One Day of Driving School(Also need to register with DMVR SCCA) – $149
  • Friday Solo + Sat/Sun Time Trials (Also need to register with DMVR SCCA) – $99
  • Friday Solo + 1 day DE + 1 day Time Trials (Also need to register with DMVR SCCA) – $199
  • Three Day (Fri-Sun) Instructor Registration – $99
  • Instructor Registration + Time Trials (You’ll also need to register with DMVR for the Time Trials event. Iowa Chapter BMW CCA will issue you a refund for your Time Trials cost.) – $99

Come on out and have some fun! Registration is available online at MotorsportReg. Please visit – 2018 LDDS

Longest Day Driving School schedule

Longest Day Driving School schedule

The Longest Day Driving School is one of our longest-standing High Performance Driving Events. This year’s school will be held at the Raceway Park of the Midlands (near Council Bluffs) on June 8-10.

2018 LDDS Schedule is now available online. Registration will open at in coming weeks, and we will have additional information posted on the club’s website.

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